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Marching Band Welcome Letter

posted Jun 11, 2019, 10:59 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Jun 11, 2019, 10:59 AM ]

June 11, 2019

Dear 2019 Athens Drive Marching Band member and parent,

I just wanted to take a moment to WELCOME you to the 2019 Athens Drive High School Marching Band!  For those of you who are new to our organization, I want to CONGRATULATE you on making such a wonderful decision.  The Marching Band is the LARGEST organized group at Athens Drive and its #1 ambassador.  Most importantly, the Marching Band is an absolutely awesome FAMILY of musicians who share a passion for visual and musical performance.

This year’s band will include over 125 musicians:  Currently 51 woodwind; 35 brass; 18 guard; 21 percussion; and 1 drum major.   I have attached our current roster.  Our summer/fall schedule, which is the same schedule that was released a few weeks ago, will follow in a separate email.  Please contact the band office ASAP if there is a serious conflict with any of these dates!

Although we are sending our current numbers to our choreographer, we have decided to extend the “official” deadline for submitting a marching intent form to this Friday, June 14th.   If your name is not on the attached list and you want to be included in our marching band, you MUST sign-up through our website by this date in order to be guaranteed a position in our band.

During the next several weeks the staff will be busy preparing for our upcoming season.  We will be charting choreography, writing music, ordering equipment, and planning performances.  It is hoped that you will enjoy this time to relax and recharge.  If possible, try to maintain your “chops” by practicing regularly.  For students who need a school instrument, our section leaders will be contacting you to arrange delivery/pick-up.  Summer is also an excellent time to take private lessons in order to make greater progress on everything from tone production to music reading. 

I can promise you that one of the BEST EXPERIENCES OF YOUR LIFE is just around the corner.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions; I will be in-and-out of school for the next several weeks.

We look forward to seeing all of you on July 22nd!